The False Gardenia was previously known as Randia sessilis.
They grow as shrubs or small trees.
Leaves are opposite, ovate or obovate with a pointed tip.
The blades are up to 22 cm long.
The interpetiolar stipules are up to 2 cm long.
Oblong in cross section they taper to a point.
Axillary inflorescences are clusters of a few white flowers without stalks.
The cylindrical calyx tube, 1 cm long, has small, pointed or irregular lobes on the rim.
The corolla tube is around 1.2 cm long with 5 lobes up to 8 mm long.
The bases of the lobes overlap.
The narrow, almost strap-like lobes curve back.
The 5 anthers, on very short filaments insert into the corolla tube.
The 5 mm long anthers open inwards via long slits.
The style and stigma are together about 1 cm long.
The tip of the stigma lies in the mouth of the corolla tube.
The fruit are berries that develop from the inferior ovary.
They are ovoid or ellipsoid and up to 6 cm long and 5 cm wide.
The calyx often persists.
There are numerous kidney-shaped seeds around 6 mm long.